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A guide to beard oils

beard oil guide

Beards have been getting attention long before hipsters made them fashionable. However, well-groomed and well looked after facial hair is much more pleasant on the eye than a scruffy ball of fuzz.

Thankfully enough, there is a saviour that can help you avoid those embarrassing unwanted askew moments, which comes in the form of beard oil.

But what is beard oil? And what does it do?

What is beard oil?

You guessed it! Beard oil is in fact oil for your beard.

Commonly they’re packed full of conditioning ingredients like jojoba beard oil, sandalwood beard oil, argon oil for the beard and other specialist components to help condition your beard.

What does beard oil do?

The purpose of beard oil is kind of two-fold. Firstly, it hydrates the skin whilst softening and taming beard hair, and secondly it works a nice styling agent. This is meant to give your beard a nice shiny, well-groomed appearance.

By moisturising the hair, beard oil makes your beard a lot more manageable. Combing becomes an easier task and itchiness is reduced, damaged hair and hair loss is also much less common.

Why should I use beard oil?

Your facial hair doesn’t get much sustenance on its own, so when applied to your beard, the oils work to add some much-needed nourishment to the hair.

Your beard hairs try desperately to feed themselves with nutrients, so to stay healthy they will draw moisture from the skin, often leaving it dry.

Beard oil works by supporting hair growth through androgenic hormones such as testosterone.

Without these nutrients, your hair can become more coarse and as a result, more dry and brittle.1

This means that as your beard grows, your body has to fight harder to send nutrients from the hair follicle, through to the strand. This can mean that the end of your hair remains dry.

Does putting oil in your beard help?

Yes, for the above reasons using beard oil does help, it can add nutrients to help your beard stay shiny and healthy.

It can also benefit your skin underneath your beard, so yes it can work.

Handpicked content: 5 benefits of using beard oil

How often should you use beard oil?

The choice is yours really. It’s advisable to use it every day, multiple times a day if you wish!

For the best results, it’s thought you should apply beard oil first thing in the morning, preferably after washing your face.

Once you have done that, you should use it when you feel the hair is dry or your skin begins to get itchy.

One great piece of advice is, treat your beard oil like your wallet – you might not always need it, but it’s handy to have on you just in case.

Should I use beard oil everyday?

Yes, yes you should.

Is too much beard oil bad?

There will be no specific after effects of using too much beard oil.

But what you probably will find is that if you use too much, you’ll have a pretty oily face and beard, and let’s face it… Nobody wants that!

How do I use beard oil?

Applying beard oil couldn’t be easier – there’s three very simple steps:

  1. Apply two or three pumps of oil to the palm of your hand and rub your hands together
  2. Massage the oil into your skin and beard, working it through to the root of your hair follicles
  3. Admire your shiny beard


For the best results, particularly with longer beards, use a beard brush or comb to ensure even distribution.

Whether you use a comb or brush will depend on what stage of beard growth you’re at. It’s best to use a brush in the early stages, but a comb will be more sufficient when the hair becomes a decent length (usually around 3-6 months).

How long does it take beard growth oil to work?

If you’re using a high-quality beard oil you may start seeing results after a couple of days.

However, this can vary depending, ingredients and brand (don’t worry, we’ll go into this in more detail later).

When should I start using beard oil?

In an ideal world you should start using beard oil the moment you start growing a beard.

It doesn’t particularly matter if you have an existing beard, but there is no time like the present.

What ingredients do beard oils usually contain? 

Beard oil products usually contain a number of gentle ingredients which are used to tackle specific beard problems such as: itching, sensitive skin or dryness in the same way that hair conditioner does.

Usually these ingredients include:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Argan oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Hempseed oil

Usually, beard oils are scented, although unscented versions are available. Scents range from sweet to bitter and can be used to substitute for cologne or aftershave.

Which beard oil is best to grow a beard?

As you can probably imagine, the beard oil market is a competitive one with many choices available. Fortunately for you we have handpicked some of the best ones, to make it easier for you to pick which is right for you.

3 of the best beard oils

We've pulled together 3 of the best beard oils available today, so you can choose the best option for you! 

  1. Australian Jojoba Oil

The Jojoba Oil Company has produced a jojoba oil which has cleansing and soothing properties which are said to protect, moisturise and nourish the skin.

Commonly referred to as jojoba oil, the oil naturally contains vitamins A, D & E and Omega 6 & 9 essential fatty acids, which are thought to mimic the skins natural oils and may replace what age takes away.

It is also a power antioxidant, so it supports overall skin health as well as supports your hair and beard growth.

What our customers think

Crissie D - Genuinely pure jojoba oil - 5/5 stars
"Genuinely pure Jojoba oil! I have tried other brands & they are not as pure as this one. That is why I had to purchase this again at H&B! It arrived on time in a very secured/protective packaging!"

Buschi - Will definitely buy again - 5/5 stars
"What can I say. I was amazed at how soft the jojoba oil made my hair! I will definitely buy this again. Only disappointment was how small the bottle was. I wish it was much bigger so it could last longer."

  1. Dr Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil

Dr Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil promotes healthy-looking skin as well helping supporting your beard.

Use this rich, versatile oil on hair, skin, lips and nails to provide moisture and nourishment.

Argan seeds are selected and cold-pressed to produce organically certified virgin oil that is ready for use in your beauty regime.

Easily absorbed, the oil is non-greasy and can be used to condition your facial hair whilst adding shine and reducing frizziness.

What our customers think

Anonymous - Amazing - 5/5 stars
“I used this for the last few weeks and my hair has never felt so good! It's so soft and smooth and the shine it has left is amazing.”

Sam773 - This is amazing - 5/5 stars
“This is amazing. Ive only been using it for 4 months and I can see the difference already. My hair is thicker, longer and softer. Definitely recommend it.”

  1. Mancave Blackspice Beard Control

Growing a beard is something that requires patience and constant maintenance to get right. Blackspice Beard control contains a blend of:

  • L-arginine,
  • Hemp oil and
  • Shea Butter

Which are designed to help smooth and style your beard whilst the introduction of caffeine encourages healthy hair growth for those patchy areas.

What our customers think

Yoyovita, loved it, 5/5 stars
“Smells really nice, boyfriends beard feels really soft.”

Margi x, Good product, 5/5 stars
“Bought this product for my partner. he likes it, keeps beard in control, nice smell. Recommend for the man in your life.”

What ingredients could you use to make your own beard oil?

You could also try to make your own beard oil – you can try this at home by following the recipe below:

To make two 100ml bottles of beard oil you will need:

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 26 July 2021

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